A federal judge declined over the weekend to stop efforts to unionize day care providers. A new state law allows the day care providers to form unions, and two lawsuits had sought to stop the process from taking place. According to MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire:
One of the lawsuits filed against the state claimed the recently passed unionization measure violates federal labor law, while the other claimed it infringes on first amendment rights of free association. But in two rulings Sunday night, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said the plaintiffs claims are not ripe. He noted that no union election or collective bargaining have yet occurred, and no injury is impending.
"At this time, the state statute does not require Plaintiffs to associate with a union, be represented by a union, engage in collective bargaining, or pay money to any union. Plaintiffs may never be required to do any of these things," Davis wrote."
Pugmire joins The Daily Circuit to discuss the developments.